It struck me, as I met with national leaders Lendlease this week to discuss local procurement opportunities for their Department of Defence project gearing up on our doorstep at Henderson and Stirling, what a truly wonderful and astonishing world of business we have here in Fremantle.

In one conversation I think I mentioned:

The studio of the LEGO master series winners Level Up Studio

Our mission remains to gather, network, connect and showcase this diversity of sector and to build our advocacy voice for this historic City.

On Monday, we followed up our meeting with the Minister for Transport Office earlier in the year, with a meeting on the need for greater southern transport route connection to and from Fremantle with the Leader of the Opposition The Hon. Liza Harvey and Shadow Minister for Transport and Ports Libby Mettam MP. Whilst it was a wild old drive out to Scarborough through the eye of the storm, the meeting resulted in some good and vigorous conversations around why the southern corridor transport route was never considered when it makes so much sense to link Fremantle better with a growing population, industry and development down the coast, to Victoria Quay connectors and the Fremantle Police Station.

We thank Chamber President Ivan Dzeba this week, for representing us in a joint Chamber and City meeting with Minister McGurk and Brett Reyne Officer in Charge Fremantle Police to take a closer look at the growing issues of anti-social behavior resulting from quiet COVID-19 streets and greater community displacement.

Our work with the City of Fremantle’s Economic Recovery Working Group is progressing. We look forward to seeing some of these ideas take shape over the next few months. The first step from the City in giving flexibility to use of alfresco spaces to assist with social distancing is very much welcome and detailed further in the Chamber Weekly below.

We will continue to gather member and business leader’s feedback and the emerging creative ideas for recovery to hopefully assist in quick and evidence based decision making over the next few months.

It is time for all of us to take a peak again as to what is on our doorstep so lets open the doors this long weekend, get outside and get amongst it, find the fascinating and the interesting, stand on a rainy beach and give our local businesses the boost they so desperately need at the moment.